When dining in a Chinese dim sum parlor, there's a right way, and there's a wrong way
by Siobhan Adcock and Genevieve Tsai, Epicurious
Clockwise from left: a table of dim sum dishes, pork buns, and deep-fried shrimp wrapped in bacon.You could say dim sum is basically a snack served with tea…but that's like saying Times Square is basically an intersection, or the Rockies are basically a pile of dirt. Visit a busy dim sum restaurant in your local Chinatown on a Saturday, and you'll discover that this "snack" is foodie theater at its most enjoyable: a parade of metal carts trailing exquisite aromas, fragrant teapots steaming and lids clanging, patrons calling for their favorites, meal tickets being rubber-stamped in exchange for dishes, and the sound of the happiest question on earth (or one of them): "No one wants that last dumpling? Seriously?"
Dim sum is also called yum cha, which means "drink tea" in Cantonese, or dian xin in Mandarin (the direct translation: "touch the heart"). The meal is sort of like tapas on wheels: a savory and sweet variety of Cantonese dumplings, buns,
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Nachos may flourish in sports bars alongside jalapeño poppers and chicken tenders, but I give them the consideration of a four-star meal. You can't just dump chips and cheese together and expect crunchy-melty-salty-spicy excellence. After years of experimenting for my annual nacho party (held during one very big football game), I've landed on a few rules for each component.
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Liquid cheese, the kind that comes in a side compartment at the concession stand, tastes like candle wax. Gruyere? Save it for grilled cheese. I go for a blend of sharp yellow cheddar and Monterey Jack; they melt well and aren't overpowering.
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Temperatures plunged so low last week that frozen ATMs reportedly held cash hostage in New York and fire hoses transformed a flaming Chicago warehouse into an ice palace. One antidote for those still enveloped by bitter cold weather: sweet hot cocoa. Not too sweet, mind you -- more chocolaty than sugary, with a nice, creamy texture. Cheapism.com assembled a tasting panel in the hope of finding just such a concoction in a bargain-priced package. Here's how three popular powdered mixes ranked in a blind taste test.Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate.
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This January, I've found myself running around like crazy, tossing something snappy-quick on the table for dinner, and generally feeling like a I need a hunk of chocolate to soothe my crazy schedule. If your month was as busy as mine, these 10 dessert recipes are just what you're looking for! Mouthwatering and delicious, they can be made in the microwave in minutes! Just stir, zap, and you're this close to having a homemade dessert, straight from your microwave! - By Brooke McLay
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SALMON WITH AVOCADO-ORANGE SALSA: Salmon's omega-3 fatty acids may rev fat burn during workouts and help maintain calorie-torching muscle.
• 2 oranges
• 2 Hass avocados, cubed
• 1/4 cup diced red onion
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (packed)
• 4 3-oz skinless wild salmon fillets
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
• 4 teaspoons olive oil (divided)
• 8 cups baby spinach
• 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
Preparation: Heat oven to 450°. Peel and section 2 oranges over a bowl; place sections in bowl and squeeze juice from any pulp still attached to the rind. Add 2 cubed Hass avocados, 1/4 cup diced red onion and 1/4 cup packed cilantro, chopped; toss well. On each of four 12" x 12" sheets of aluminum foil, place one 3-oz skinless wild salmon fillet; top with 1/8 tsp salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Fold foil edges to seal; place foil packets on a baking sheet. Cook
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Perfect sticky wings are moist and lacquered with a slightly thick, sweet yet tangy sauce -- the stickier and messier, the better. First, we coated the chicken with a pungent mix of dark brown sugar, soy sauce, and aromatics and let it cook for about 4 hours until tender. Meanwhile, we made an easy sauce with tomato paste, soy sauce, and more sugar and cayenne. We knew these wings would need some time under the broiler to become charred and crisp, and this sauce provided just the right finishing touch. This recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd, but you will need to broil the
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 11:46 AM EST
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- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 11:07 AM EST
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We'll give up a lot in the name of a healthy diet: gluten, dairy, the whole brunch menu. But there's one thing that's absolutely non-negotiable - dessert. That, you'll have to pry from our cold, chocolate-covered hands.
Fortunately, it won't come to that. Because we dreamed up recipes for three fantastically healthy desserts. Before you roll your eyes, thinking this is another put-grapes-in-the-freezer piece, hear us out. Chocolate mousse. Ice cream. A fresh-baked crumbly crisp. Do we have your attention? Grab a spoon, and dig in.
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